It’s a question used so frequently amongst job seekers. How do you get your foot in the door when you have no previous work experience?
With today’s digital reality, finding a career path can be daunting for job seekers. A lot of job searching is carried out online, with no face to face interaction, just an automatic email response.
Whether you’re looking for a new job, leaving education to branch out into the working world or looking to change your career path, trying to stand out from the crowd can be tricky when you don’t have any previous experience in an industry or even a job role.
Don’t let this get you down! At Jobchange, we have put together 8 tips to kick start your career and turn that negative response into a positive outcome.
- Showcase your motivation and willingness to do well
When applying for entry-level positions, employers aren’t expecting a CV filled with experience; instead they are looking for people who have a motivation to work hard and have a willingness to learn. Showcase this by highlighting examples of your dedication and commitment to learning and personal growth.
- Identify your skills
Utilise the job postings by gathering together a list of the desirable skills for the job role. From computers, communication to team work, identify what you excel at and highlight them on your CV. If you struggle, try asking a family member or peer. This can also be a tool to use to develop specific skills in order to land the job if need be.
- Showcase your extracurricular skills
This is where you have to market yourself! You may not have any work experience under your belt but what else in your background can demonstrate your worth to an employer.
For example: Sport teams, looking after younger siblings/ parents and organising charity events at school. These experiences help you gain transferable skills which will aid you in your career.
Work for free! I know this may not sound very appealing but voluntary work is not only gaining you valuable experience, it can kick start your network and build on your skills, with a great feeling of job satisfaction. Gaining a voluntary role can also be more easily attainable than a paid position.
Companies take on apprentices to guide and train in a working environment, whilst being paid for it. Being an apprentice means that you have a job that includes gaining recognised qualifications and essential skills whilst you are working and earning a wage.
Ever heard of the phrase ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’. Start to build up your network by attending local job’s fairs or coffee mornings as this is a reliable path to great career. You can keep posted on local events by following our Facebook and Twitter Pages. (@jobchange2007).
- Keep learning
It may be that you need further education/ training to qualify for a certain position/ industry. Job Change currently offers the following courses on-site all completely FREE (available in Wolverhampton and Dudley):
- CSCS CARD
- Health and Safety in a Construction Setting Level 1
- Adult Literacy and Numeracy
- Basic IT
- Health & Safety in Social Care L2
- Food Safety L2
- Asbestos Awareness Category Acourse
- COSHH- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health programme
If you have any questions about our courses, please feel free to contact us and speak to an advisor for more information.
- Be realistic
Make sure you’re applying for positions that are appropriate for you. With today’s job market, employers are flooded with applicants with online technology that can filter through all applications to attain the right candidates. Carefully target job roles that you can prove you can succeed in.
If you would like help with writing your CV, Cover Letter or Career’s advice, feel free to call us today on 01902 714224 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.